By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mr. Consistency, thy name is Drew Brees.
Never has there been a quarterback as good and as consistent as the New Orleans signal caller.
Sorry Peyton Manning fans, your man doesn't match up.
Since coming to the Saints in 2006, an average season is 4,841 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
In his worse season (2007) he still threw for 4,423 and 28 touchdowns.
He's upped his game over the past three seasons, cracking the 5,100-yard passing mark each year and posting no less than 39 touchdowns. He finished first once and second twice at the position.
He's missed one game in the last nine seasons.
What fantasy owner wouldn't want those numbers?
Over the same timeframe, Manning has averaged 4,539, 35 TDs and 12 INTs. That's good, but not quite at the Brees level.
And Aaron Rodgers isn't even in the ballpark. He's averaged just 3,978 yards, 31 TDs and eight interceptions.
Unlike Manning, Brees has done it without a superstar wideout. He's had good receivers in Joe Horn, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, but they aren't Hall of Fame material. Okay, maybe Colston.
He's used his backfield well and had quality receiving backs like Deuce McAllister, Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles. He'll likely use Pierre Thomas in that role out of the backfield in 2014.
And it's not a coincidence that Brees had his best seasons with tight end Jimmy Graham on the scene. Graham probably has more physical tools than any tight end in football and Brees has used him beautifully. Graham has averaged 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past three seasons. He'll likely surpass that in 2014 with Darren Sproles and Lance Moore gone.
The Saints have brought in a couple of talented wide receivers in second-year man Kenny Stills and rookie Brandin Cooks.
It remains to be seen how Brees will use the youngsters, but rest assured, Brees will be a top-two fantasy quarterback again in 2014 and should be a better fantasy value as a second-round selection (Fantasyfootballcalculator ADP 17.8) than choosing Manning in the first round (ADP 9.4).
08/15 11:53:31 ET